Communication Intern | City of Huntsville

Mar 19, 2018

Nature of Work

This is an unpaid, Student Internship position for each of the following departments: Administration (Business Relations, Communications and Multicultural Affairs), Animal Services, City Council, Community Development, Emergency Management (EMA), Engineering, Finance, Geographic Information System (GIS), Information Technology  Services, Legal (Prosecution Office), Planning, Natural Resources and Traffic Engineering.

Visit  https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-City-of-Huntsville-Student-Intern-Information.pdf (Download PDF reader) for a brief summary of the intern positions that are available in each department.

The Student Internship position is an assignment designed to accommodate an internship in a technical, public administration, or business job function. This internship requires that the student be enrolled in a college/university working toward a degree in disciplines such as Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Human Resources, Public Administration, Public Relations, Urban Development, Wastewater Design, or related field, or a student who has graduated from college no more than six (6) months prior to placement in the Internship Program. The student will develop public administration acumen and sharpen management skills in operating major functions in a public service environment. Assists in a wide variety of administrative and professional tasks in one of various city departments; provides research assistance, writes reports, and make recommendation on matters under study; gathers, compiles, tabulates and reports statistical data; acquires working knowledge of department practices, procedures, equipment and organization system; interviews and consults with officials, employees and other interested persons or groups on matters related to work assignments. Requires regular and prompt attendance plus the ability to work well with others and work well as a team.Performs related work as required.

This is a ten (10) week program. Our student intern orientation is scheduled in early June. Details concerning the orientation will be sent to the chosen participants at a later date. The Internship Program will take place through the summer semester timeframe.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:
Work is primarily performed in an office environment. However, work may be performed in a field setting. Office work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, bending, lifting or minimal physical activities. Field work requires frequent physical effort such as standing and walking. Computer work requires manual dexterity.

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THE CITY OF HUNTSVILLE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM RECEIVES, INCOMPLETE (INCLUDING INCOMPLETE ESSAY QUESTIONS) AND LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants May Obtain a Copy of the City of Huntsville’s EEOP Short Form Upon Request

Minimum Education, Training and Experience

High school diploma from a school accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or GED certificate issued by the appropriate state agency. Verification of student college enrollment is required. A 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better cumulative GPA. Prior work experience, community involvement or participation in extra-curricular activities. Able to perform basic technical and business related functions. Applicant must be flexible and willing to work indoors and outdoors. Working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).Knowledge of computers and applicable software. Knowledge of business English, spelling and arithmetic. Knowledge of records management policies, procedures, and processes.Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment.Knowledge of filing systems. Knowledge of components, parts, and other equipment in assigned area. Ability to calculate and maintain accurate records; compile and prepare detailed reports. Ability to type on a computer keyboard and applicable software performing data entry and clerical support functions. Ability to set up and manipulate spread sheets. Ability to maintain and use an alphabetical and numerical filing system. Ability to operate computer and applicable software, printer, scanner, paging system, multi-line phone system, calculator, and standard office equipment, while performing essential functions. Ability to disseminate information in a timely and accurate manner. Ability to prioritize and organize work. Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time. Ability to interact with the public and provide information in a polite and efficient manner both in person and on the telephone. Ability to speak clearly and concisely on a telephone.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates for the Student Internship program must be at least nineteen (19) years of age.

  • Candidates for the Student Internship program must provide a cover letter and resume.
  • Candidates for the Student Internship program must also complete the essay questions below. Please respond in 300-500 words–shorter submissions will be considered incomplete and those applications will not be considered. The essay questions are as follows:
  1. Explain your commitment to public service and service to the City of Huntsville generally–include an instance when you asserted your leadership in a community or civic activity, what you learned, and how you think this internship could further advance your leadership and personal goals in this area.
  2. Choose one of your preference departments and explain why you want to work there and what you would bring to the department.

Please attach the cover letter, resume and responses to the essay questions to your online application. These documents must be submitted under the “Attachment” section of the online application

To apply, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/huntsville/jobs/2004993/student-intern?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.